about the german colonies collectors group

Our History and Members

GCCG was founded in 1968, and has been in continuous operation since 1973. We have more than 220 members, principally in the United States, Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom, with members in several other countries. We publish our journal, VORLÄUFER, in English.

Our Affiliations

There are two major study groups for the German Colonies – the Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Sammler Deutscher Kolonialpostwertzeichen (based in Germany) and the German Colonies Collectors Group (GCCG), based in the U.S. GCCG is a Study Group of the U.S.-based Germany Philatelic Society, and Affiliate No. 236 of the American Philatelic Society. GCCG is also an Associated Group of the U.K.'s Germany and Colonies Philatelic Society

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a brief overview of german colonies and collecting

 Material for this area dates from 1871 to 1921, beginning with vorläufer (forerunners) –German stamps without any overprints or surcharges which were ‘used abroad’ and arethus identifiable only by the cancellation. 

Other interesting varieties include overprinted, surcharged, and bisected stamps. Perforated initials, covers with various ‘no stamps available’ markings, postal stationery (both official and printed-to-private-order), flight covers, and tamp booklets are known from the colonies. 

Some collectors focus on the cancels, other postal markings and postal forms. Others collect provisionals, issued after natural disasters occurred. Police actions, rebellions, and the Great War also generated collectibles – stamps and postal markings – from everyone associated with these events, including soldiers, sailors, prisoners of war, internees and civilians. 



manager & publisher

manager & publisher

manager & publisher

Oliver Wyrtki

Yorktown, VA

assistant editor

manager & publisher

manager & publisher

Gannon Sugimora

Northern Virginia




Jed Dorman

Okinawa, Japan




Melanie Rogers

Chicago, IL